FAQ :: Employers during Covid 19

To be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the furlough period must be a minimum of three weeks.

No, employees must not work for their employer whilst furloughed. This includes answering work related emails or phone calls.

This only relates to the employer who placed them in furlough. A worker who has another employer can continue working for them, even if you furlough them.

CJRS will reimburse an employer for 80% of an employee’s regular wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 each month. It will also cover the employer’s NI and the minimum employer’s pension contributions that are due on the subsidised amount.

Yes, anyone whose basic pay is operated through payroll on a PAYE scheme can be included.

No, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can only be used to reimburse an employee’s basic pay, and doesn’t include bonuses or commission payments.

No, you won’t need employees to provide a note from the GP, in order to reclaim SSP paid out for coronavirus COVID-19. You can ask staff to provide you with an isolation note from the NHS 111 website, if you need it for your records.

Employers can still help unwell employees like they normally would, by providing their staff with a form called SSP1, which they can then use to claim benefits.

Employers can claim for furloughed workers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 20th April 2020.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended from June 2020 until October 2020.

Employers can continue to reclaim 80% of the costs of staff furloughed as a result of COVID-19, up to the end of July 2020. You can read our article for more information, including changes to the scheme from August 2020.

You can apply to reclaim SSP through HMRC’s online service, which will be available from 26th May 2020.

Employers to reclaim a maximum of two week worth of SSP for coronavirus-related sickness absences.

Before 6th April 2020 SSP was £94.25 per week. On or after 6th April 2020, SSP increased to £95.85 per week. Even if you pay more sick pay to employees, you can only reclaim the statutory rate under the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

Employers who want to reclaim SSP paid to employees unable to work because of coronavirus can only do so if; their employee couldn’t work because they, or someone they live with, has COVID-19 or has symptoms, or; they were sent a shielding letter by their GP, instructing them to remain home for at least 12 weeks.

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